Asparagus (Asparagus officinalis)

Asparagus (Asparagus officinalis) Other common name: Garden asparagus *Note: May be confused with unrelated plant species that are also referred to as “asparagus,” such as Ornithogalum pyrenaicum (AKA Prussian asparagus). Purple […]

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Nutmeg (Myristica fragrans)

Nutmeg (Myristica fragrans, syn. Myristica off.) Other common names: Mace (outer husk of the seed, has similar medicinal properties to the kernel, or nutmeg), myristica, muskatbaum, nux moschata, Myristica aromata. The following […]

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Jamaica dogwood (Piscidia erythrina, syn. Piscidia piscipula)

Jamaica dogwood (Piscidia erythrina, syn. Piscidia piscipula) Other common names: Jamaican dogwood, fishfudle, fish poison bark, chijol, jabin, West Indian Dogwood. *NOT to be confused with other species of dogwood, some of which […]

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Frankincense (Boswellia spp.)

Frankincense (Boswellia thurifera, Boswellia serrata, Boswellia sacra) Other common names: Olibanum, Ru Xiang, salai guggal, Indian frankincense, Arabic frankincense.  The following information may not be re-posted, copied or published without my […]

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Hawthorn (Crataegus spp.)

Hawthorn (Crataegus spp.) Other common names: Mayblossom, whitethorn, hawberry, hagthorn, may tree. *Note: There are a number of hawthorn species that are used in cooking and medicine. The ones most commonly […]

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Reishi mushroom (Ganoderma lucidum)

Reishi mushroom (Ganoderma lucidum) Other common names: Red reishi, lingzhi mushroom, shenzhi, mulingzhi, ruicao, xiancao, God’s herb, holy mushroom, lacquered bracket, lucky fungus. The following information may not be re-posted, copied or published […]

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St. John’s Wort (Hypericum perforatum)

St. John’s Wort (Hypericum perforatum) Other common names: Demon chaser, klamath weed, amber, chase-devil, goatweed, rosin rose, tipton’s weed The following information may not be re-posted, copied or published without my permission […]

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